Business as usual at the Times

IT WILL continue to be business as usual at the Whitsunday Times even though APN News and Media announced this week it would close its printing press operations in Mackay in July.

The Whitsunday Times will continue to be published weekly as it has done for almost 30 years.

APN News and Media owns many newspapers in Queensland including the Daily Mercury and the Whitsunday Times.

APN North Queensland commercial director Grant Ferry has confirmed there would be no changes to publication frequency at the Whitsunday Times as a result of these changes.

He said it was simply a consolidation of press operations.

Channel 7 local news ran a story on Friday night about the closure of the printing press in Mackay.

The story said there was speculation the Whitsunday Times may become a fortnightly or monthly publication.

The Whitsunday Times managing editor Leanne Abernethy said this was only a rumour.

"The staff at the Times were told of the planned press closure earlier this week and assured the Times would continue to be published every Thursday morning," she said.

Ms Abernethy has spoken to APN management since the story was aired and has been assured there were no plans for any changes.

"The Whitsunday Times is committed to providing the Whitsunday community with local news, sport and entertainment and will continue to do,” she said.

"We are proud of our contribution to the community and we have a good relationship with our readers and advertisers and will continue to deliver this service to the people of the Whitsundays."

Ms Abernethy said she hoped Channel 7 viewers would accept that the network chose to run a story based on simple speculation.

“No one from Channel 7 contacted me prior to airing this story,” she said.

Mr Ferry was also not contacted.

He said no changes to the Times had even been considered.


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